Community rallies for recovery of Lafayette College student critically injured in hit-and-run

Parents note 'progress'

Author: , Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published: Dec 24 2013 04:32:43 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 16 2013 06:33:12 PM EST

Aubrey's Odyssey


One week after a violent hit-and-run crash, a Lafayette College student is still unconscious. But her family reports she's making slow and steady progress.

"Aubrey is an absolutely amazing young woman," said Victoria Parsons, a friend and fellow club soccer player. "She's absolutely a fighter."

Aubrey Baumbach is certainly fighting now -- fighting for her life.

"She was leaving crew practice, and was hit by a car," said friend Jillian Fahy.

It happened last Friday night on Lehigh Drive in Easton. Police say the driver, Wilson David Kneebone of Martin's Creek, simply kept going. He now faces multiple charges.

"People make poor decisions because they're scared or for whatever bad reasons they have," said Parsons, "and I like to think most people would stay to make sure whoever they hit was okay."

Since the accident, the Lafayette freshman has undergone four surgeries to relieve pressure on her brain, according to a Facebook support page. But the future remains uncertain.

"We're all thinking that she's going to wake up and come back to school eventually," said Fahy.

Aubrey's parents took to Facebook to thank her supporters. Her mother Lisa said, "Aubrey is a fighter! For six days, we have lived moment to moment, not knowing what was around the corner … She sustained a severe brain injury, an injury for which the outcome is never known … Only time will tell how she will pull [through] this."

"It's been hard on everyone, who doesn't even know her has been really affected by it," said Fahy. "A lot of the sororities and fraternities have even sent her cards, and I know the soccer team did."

And amazingly, Baumbach's friends say they are not angry at the man accused of putting her in this condition.

"I don't think anger really has a lot of place in this situation," said Parsons. "I'm obviously not happy with his decisions … but I think it's much more important to focus on Aubrey."

On Facebook, Baumbach's mother said doctors believe she will wake up and begin talking again.


Legal issues to keep Peterson off the field

Running back indicted on felony child abuse charges

Author: By Ed Payne CNN
Published: Sep 17 2014 02:16:41 AM EDT   Updated:  1 HR. AGO
Adrian Peterson

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Running back Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said early Wednesday.

It's a reversal of course for the Vikings. The team had earlier said that Peterson, who is facing a child abuse charge, would practice this week and could play in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

In a statement early Wednesday, the team said Peterson has been placed on the NFL's Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which will require him to "remain away from all team activities."

"While we were trying to make a balanced decision (Monday), after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian," said a statement from owners Zygi and Mark Wilf. "We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right."

Peterson is considered one of the best running backs in the NFL -- if not the best. His absence was probably felt during the Vikings' 30-7 loss to the Patriots last Sunday.

In 2011, he agreed to a lucrative contract, which NFL.com reported would be worth $100 million over a 7-year period.

Turn for the worse

But his fortunes have taken a turn for the worse since his indictment last week on a felony charge of causing bodily injury to his son.

On Tuesday, he lost one of his most significant endorsement deals when Castrol, a major producer of motor oil, pulled out.

Castrol used Peterson in commercials for its Edge performance oil product and on social media. Many recent social media posts of his likeness had been pulled down, and the commercials were no longer available on YouTube. (His other major sponsor, Nike, said late last week it would stand by its athlete for the time being.)

One of the team's sponsors, the Radisson hotel chain, announced Monday night that it was suspending its "limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances."

Also, the website for his All Day Foundation was taken off line after the charities represented on the site were getting "harassing" calls from gossip sites, his philanthropic adviser, Bruce Richmond, said.

"We took the website off line because the charities that Adrian supports were getting calls from the media and were getting harassed by the media," Richmond told CNN. "I spoke to one communication director saying she had received about a dozen calls today from the same gossip site."

Legal process

Following his indictment, Peterson turned himself in to East Texas authorities Saturday and was released on a $15,000 bond.

The next step is a preliminary court hearing on October 8.

According to Texas law, people can be convicted of injury to a child if they cause bodily or mental injury "intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence" or cause such harm by omission. The crime is punishable by up to two years in a state jail and a $1,000 fine.

Authorities haven't divulged the details of what led to the charge. But Peterson's lawyer said the "charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son" -- explaining that his client did so while doling out discipline "much like "he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas."

Rusty Hardin said "Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."

Peterson defended himself on Monday, saying he is "not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser."

Other allegations

The developments came as CNN affilaite KHOU reported this week that Peterson allegedly abused another one of his children -- a 4-year-old son.

Sources told KHOU that the mother of the child filed a complaint with Child Protective Services in Texas because she alleged that Peterson beat the child, while visiting his father at his Houston-area home.

According to the report, text messages between Peterson and the boy's mother show that Peterson admitted disciplining the child, but he claims the child hit his head on the car seat in the process.

No charges were ever filed, according to KHOU.


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    The U.S. Constitution is signed, the Civil War sees the bloodiest battle in American history, the prototype space shuttle Enterprise is unveiled, and the Camp David Accords bring peace between Egypt and Israel, all on this day.

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